Selena Gomez up­dates

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her fans about why she has been out of the spot­light this sum­mer. Turns out she re­cently re­ceived a kidney trans­plant from TV ac­tress Fran­cia Raisa.

Selena Gomez, 25, re­cently re­ceived a kidney trans­plant from tele­vi­sion ac­tress Fran­cia Raisa due to Gomez’s strug­gle with lu­pus, the ac­tress-singer re­vealed Thurs­day. Gomez dis­closed in an In­sta­gram post con­firmed by her pub­li­cist that she has been some­what out of the spot­light this sum­mer be­cause she was re­cov­er­ing from the pro­ce­dure. The post didn’t re­veal Gomez’s cur­rent con­di­tion or say where or when the pro­ce­dure took place. Gomez’s pub­li­cist de­clined to re­lease more in­for­ma­tion.

Gomez wrote “there aren’t words to de­scribe” how she can thank Raisa, who, she says, gave “the ul­ti­mate gift and sac­ri­fice by do­nat­ing her kidney.”

The In­sta­gram post in­cludes a pic­ture of Gomez and Raisa hold­ing hands while ly­ing side by side in hos­pi­tal beds and another photo of a scar on Gomez’s ab­domen. The 29-year-old Raisa is best known for her role on the ABC Fam­ily se­ries “The Se­cret Life of the Amer­i­can Teenager.”

Gomez’s hits in­clude “Good for You,” “Same Old Love” and “Come & Get It.”

Gomez re­vealed her lu­pus di­ag­no­sis in 2015. Lu­pus is an au­toim­mune dis­ease, where the body at­tacks its own tis­sues, some­times in­clud­ing the kid­neys.

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Due to her strug­gle with the au­toim­mune dis­ease lu­pus, ac­tress-singer Selena Gomez, left, re­ceived a kidney trans­plant from 29-year-old tele­vi­sion ac­tress Fran­cia Raisa.

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